|Nude Audio S Review: Bare And Bold|
Digits Trading, one of the premier gadgets and accessories distributor in the Philippines, sent us last week one of their latest portable Bluetooth speakers - the Nude Audio S.
The Nude Audio S packaging is very compact, there is not much of gimmickry, but you will easily get notice that they paid a good attention to it.
The retail package consists of the unit, a USB cable, quick installation guide, manual and a sticker.
Once you take out the unit, you will get amazed on its design, a very eye-catchy one. It has a near square shape with rounded corners, the outside feels rugged and sturdy too.
On one side, you will find all the control buttons, namely power, volume -, volume + and Bluetooth. On this same location, you will see the indicator lights for the power and Bluetooth. The power light turns green if it is on and there is enough battery juice while it turns red if it is time to recharge it. The Bluetooth indicator on the other hand blinks when not paired to any device while it stays on when connected.
There is a carrying cord in one corner which comes very handy if you want to hang it somewhere (e.g. bag) otherwise, you can simply remove it. On the opposite corner, you will find the 3.5mm audio auxiliary which you can use for wired connection.
Connection to any Bluetooth capable device is very simple, just turn on the Nude Audio S and search it on your device then click pair. Once paired, you can now enjoy good and loud audio output from the portable speaker. Be reminded though that the maximum distance should be 10 meters or less, otherwise you will hear distorted sound. The speaker has a rated 8 hours of continuous use, in my own experience it lasted mostly for more than 7 hours.
Overall output performance is more than reasonable for a portable speaker of this size, it can fill a small room enough for a group people to enjoy. The ease of set-up/installation, the solid build quality and nice design are added bonuses. However, the lack of A/C charger means you are stuck in using your Mac/PC in charging it, unless you have a spare micro USB charger with 5V 500mA output.